The best chocolate cake recipe is an old-school classic

This chocolate cake is a descendant from the famous chocolate cake made popular by advice columnist Abigail Van Buren (real name, Pauline Phillips) of the long-running “Dear Abby.” Where as hers was a layer cake covered in white meringue icing, this sheet cake version, based on the cake my friend Matt Piacentini’s late mother Louise made one summer for our vacation on the Oregon coast, uses an old-fashioned, cocoa-flavored American buttercream to frost just the top, resulting in the perfect ratio of frosting to cake. It’s the type of cake you’ll keep coming back to, cutting off squares here and more at

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